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Good morning. These are criminal offenses and they do carry jail time. If the Officer wanted to arrest you, he would have when he found you and taken you in, instead of issuing you the citations. However, you do need to decide if you want to fight these and make the State prove the charges against you or if you think it is in your best interest to take a plea deal and resolve the case. If you are a first time offender, the prosecution should not seek any jail time. If anything, you would be looking at a fine, court costs, restitution and maybe probation. Now, if you go to trial and lose, then the Judge may decide to impose some jail time but it is at their discretion.
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